Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday of the Third Week
In today's Gospel, we are challenged to examine the nature of our relationship with God. Jesus presents the parable of the Pharisee and the tax collector. The Pharisee, having an abundance of wealth, gives openly and reminds God, and all those around him, of his deeds. The tax collector merely asks God for mercy, without making a show of it. In this situation, the humility of the tax collector brings him closer to God. The Pharisee does not need to make the show of all he does—for God already knows. 

Someone once told me "you are who you most are when no one is around to watch." Of course, this is also when God is able to see, and God knows us best. With this in mind, this Lent we should strive to act more like the tax collector. We should remain humble, ask for forgiveness, and this will strengthen our faith. Lent is a time to act in our faith, but we should not boast of what we are doing. God knows of our acts. Lent is also a time to strengthen our relationship with God. In this parable, the tax collector knows that he is a sinner and is pleading for God's mercy. Let us emulate his actions and work with God on our shortcomings this Lent. 

Lord, give me the strength to do the right things for the right reasons. May my actions this Lent reflect Your love. Amen. 

 Emily Clegg, ‘16

First Reading: Hosea 6:1-6
Psalm 51:3-4, 18-21ab
Gospel: Luke 18:9-14

Daily Scripture readings can be found online at the USCCB website

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